Grosses

'Tomorrowland' ($41.7M) Inches Past 'Pitch Perfect 2' ($38.5M) In Close Race for First; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Third with $32.1M; 'Poltergeist' Debuts in Fifth with Solid $26.5MMay 25, 2015 09:27 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Tomorrowland was able to hold off Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 in a close race for first place over the holiday weekend with an estimated four-day debut of $41.74 million. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi family film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson opened on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Despite opening on the lower end of expectations, the film's debut was an underwhelming one, especially given the film's large price tag and Memorial Day weekend release date. The four-day start of Tomorrowland was a slim 3 percent ahead of the $40.42 million four-day take of 2011's Super 8. The revised three-day estimate for Tomorrowland stands at $32.97 million. That gives the film an estimated four-day to three-day ratio of 1.27 to 1. Tomorrowland received a modest B rating on CinemaScore.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, Pitch Perfect 2 experienced a respectable second weekend hold this weekend with an estimated four-day take of $38.54 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down 44 percent from last weekend's three-day debut. Pitch Perfect 2 zoomed past the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a stronger than expected $126.02 million in eleven days. That places the film an impressive 35 percent ahead of the $93.16 million eleven-day gross of last year's Neighbors.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road placed in third with an estimated four-day take of $32.10 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 29 percent from last weekend's three-day start. Mad Max: Fury Road held up nicely for a high-profile action film in its second weekend of release. The film has grossed $95.53 million in eleven days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 4 percent ahead of the $91.92 million eleven-day take of 2012's Prometheus. The revised three-day estimate for Mad Max: Fury Road is $24.82 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed fourth place with an estimated four-day take of $27.81 million. In the process, the blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $400 million domestic mark this weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron was down 28 percent from last weekend and has grossed $410.98 million in 25 days. The film is currently running 22 percent behind the $523.91 million 25-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 10 percent ahead of the $372.78 million 25-day gross of 2013's Iron Man 3. The revised three-day estimate for Avengers: Age of Ultron is $21.69 million.

Poltergeist rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated four-day start of $26.50 million. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM debuted in line with its wide ranging expectations and was off to a solid start with its modest price tag in mind. The four-day take for Poltergeist was 4 percent behind the $27.48 million four-day start of 2013's Evil Dead. The revised three-day estimate for Poltergeist stands at $22.60 million. That places the film's estimated four-day to three-day ratio at a front-loaded 1.17 to 1. Poltergeist was soft on CinemaScore with a C+ rating, which is a very common occurrence for a horror film.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,920,000-11%4,1000$8,029$222,620,8143Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,688,000--3,010--$10,195$64,008,2651Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$28,027,000--2,814--$9,960$67,465,4251Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,800,000--3,367--$4,396$29,588,6921Fox
5Jack Reacher$14,010,000-8%3,3520$4,180$44,563,1582Paramount
6This is 40$13,186,00014%2,9141$4,525$37,116,2902Universal
7Lincoln$7,509,00036%1,966-327$3,819$132,038,7978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,700,00027%2,4310$2,756$21,110,3562Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,363,00033%2,6180$2,430$18,489,4642Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,900,000-15%2,055-976$2,384$90,147,1306Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,600,000-5%1,637-728$2,810$289,627,3788Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,825,000-5%1,178-572$3,247$84,695,1846Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,450,000-7%1,191-809$2,057$286,129,7767Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,110,000131%745374$5,517$27,360,7227Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,00011%8400$2,857$7,426,6612Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$2,005,00010%913-531$2,196$175,655,1199Disney
4Argo$1,075,00019%345-105$3,116$108,497,11112Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$526,659-21%218-113$2,416$10,706,7357Focus
6Flight$460,000-32%400-342$1,150$91,894,7579Paramount
7Hitchcock$400,000-31%349-186$1,146$5,006,9346Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,5166FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$271,00032%232-43$1,168$138,925,36713Fox
10Pitch Perfect$158,00021%183-31$863$64,403,28314Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,000-71%268-583$466$12,687,6304FilmDistrict
12End of Watch$92,00027%162-10$568$40,754,60315Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,50013%125-16$700$17,306,34115Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,41911%84-2$5,112$1,737,7214Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$315,000-24%50$63,000$1,367,5712Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$190,150--25--$7,606$190,1501Focus
4The Impossible$184,50028%150$12,300$484,8472Lionsgate / Summit
5Rust and Bone$121,434-4%26-1$4,671$594,4576Sony Pictures Classics
6Amour$60,016-12%30$20,005$217,7912Sony Pictures Classics
7Not Fade Away$56,000192%1916$2,947$97,0122Paramount Vantage
8Chasing Ice$47,967--40--$1,199$780,1388Submarine Deluxe
9Sinister$40,00042%82-11$488$48,056,78412Lionsgate / Summit
10Alex Cross$37,00036%77-17$481$25,863,97011Lionsgate / Summit
11Searching For Sugar Man$29,86790%283$1,067$3,007,34123Sony Pictures Classics
12Holy Motors$24,177--14--$1,727$511,23111Indomina Releasing
13Paranormal Activity 4$21,00073%500$420$53,885,06911Paramount
14The Other Son$20,704--17--$1,218$1,160,00610Cohen Media Group
15West of Memphis$13,856--5--$2,771$22,8521Sony Pictures Classics
16ParaNorman$9,49377%22-2$432$55,995,17020Focus